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Nova Scotia Lighthouses


For centuries Nova Scotia’s lighthouses have helped protect seafaring visitors and our own hard working people who looked to the sea for their living. Standing proudly against the elements, they embody the province’s maritime history and spirit.

Today, lighthouses continue to dot the coastlines of Nova Scotia from Cape Forchu to Louisbourg. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society maintains a list of lighthouses on their website, including ones that are open to the public.

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Peggy's Point Lighthouse

South Shore

The rugged beauty of the rock formations surrounding Peggy's Point Lighthouse make it a singular phenomenon. Once a working post office, Peggy's Point remains one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada. While visiting the vibrant fishing village of Peggy's Cove, sit on the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and view the waves lapping at the shore. Walk through the village and explore the shops and boutiques showcasing local arts and crafts. The gingerbread at the Sou'Wester Restaurant is not to be missed.

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Fort Point Lighthouse Park

South Shore

Located on the shore of Liverpool Harbour, Fort Point Lighthouse is a rare example of pre-Confederation lighthouses. Since its light was first lit in 1856, the lighthouse has played an integral role in the community, particularly during the nineteenth century when shipbuilding was essential to Liverpool’s economy. This Provincial Heritage Property is open year-round with picnic tables and interpretive panels celebrating the area’s privateer heritage.

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Cape Forchu Lightstation

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores

Cape Forchu is home to the first apple core style light station. Enjoy a warm cup of tea at The Mug Up Tea Room, located in the Lightkeeper’s House, while you take in the view of Yarmouth Harbour. Stroll along the scenic walkway and pop into one-of-a-kind shops filled with treasures crafted by local artists.

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Brier Island Lighthouse

Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

This iconic octagonal wooden lighthouse marks the spot where the Bay of Fundy officially begins. The lighthouse is still operational today with a fully automated system. Some of the best whale watching tours in the province depart from ports in the surrounding area.

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Masstown Market Lighthouse

Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

Masstown Market is the perfect stopping-off place in central Nova Scotia. Located just west of Truro, the market features fresh local produce and baked goods as well as a deli, fish market, ice cream shop, gift shop, garden centre, and a restaurant and fish & chip boat. Visit the Masstown Market Lighthouse to peruse the "Catch of the Bay" fresh fish market. After your meal in the restaurant or at the Fish & Chip Boat attached to the lighthouse, meander to the top of the Lighthouse for a birds-eye view of the Bay of Fundy in the distance.

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Cape d'Or Lighthouse

Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley

Experience views of both the Bay of Fundy and Minas Channel from the Guest House at the Cape d’Or Lighthouse. Extend your views with the onsite telescopes, grab a meal at the restaurant of head out for a hike along their trails while you’re there.

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Cape George Point Lighthouse

Northumberland Shore

On a clear day you can see Cape Breton and Prince Edward Islands at Cape George Point Lighthouse. Overlooking the waters of St. George’s Bay, the original lighthouse, built in 1861, was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1907. It is the third iteration of the lighthouse that stands there today. Have a picnic in the nearby park and enjoy some natural beauty on their walking trails. After a visit to the Tuna Interpretive Centre, stop by Boyd’s Seafood for fish & chips.

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Louisbourg Lighthouse

Cape Breton

Part of the largest historic reconstruction in Canada, the current lighthouse stands at 55 feet tall and was completed in 1923. When visiting the lighthouse stop in to the Fortress of Louisbourg where events are happening all summer long.

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Port Bickerton Lighthouse

Eastern Shore

The Port Bickerton Lighthouse provides gorgeous views of the sea and the surrounding community. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, located on site, helps to tell the story of lighthouses in Nova Scotia, and celebrates the mystical place lighthouses hold in our history. As part of the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Beach Park visitors can take advantage of onsite walking trails.

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